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MS. Auct. F. 4. 33

Summary Catalogue no.: 2187


Martial , Epigrams
Rubric: M. Val. Marcialis Epigrammaton liber
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 203v)
Rubric: Plinii Epistola in laudem Martialis
Incipit: Audio Martialem decessisse
Pliny, Ep.III. 21
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 207 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 9.75 × 6.125 in.


Humanistic script attributable to Bartolomeo Sanvito.


Fine border.

Fine initials (faceted capitals). (P&A ii. 625, pl. LX)


Red leather on boards with gold ornament, four clasps lost, Italian.

Contemporary gold tooled leather binding, rebacked and resewn. (P&A ii. 625)


Origin: early 1460s ; Italian, probably Padua

Provenance and Acquisition

The elaborate border on fol. 1 contains the arms: party per pale on the dexter side or, a lion rampant sable; on the sinister side argent, three bars dancetty sable: arms of Angelo Fasolo, treasurer of Pius II and bishop of Feltre.

On fol. iv, a leaf of green parchment, is 'Marini Nigrii Liber' in red, 16th cent.

Acquired probably about 1622 or 1623.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford, II (1970), no. 625 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-13: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC and P&A.